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Doctors too scared to touch woman’s 20lbs tumour that ‘swings like a watermelon’-Meghna Amin-Entertainment – Metro

Viewers are heartbroken for the poor lady.

Doctors too scared to touch woman’s 20lbs tumour that ‘swings like a watermelon’-Meghna Amin-Entertainment – Metro

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A woman with a tumour weighing 20lbs (9kg) that swings from her back has spoken about how difficult life is for her.

Alexandra suffers has a neurofibromatosis, that is stretched all the way down her after growing for more than a decade.

She’s now sharing her story on TLC reality programme Take My Tumour, in the hope that an expert will be able to remove it and ease her pain.

The tumour, now bigger than a watermelon, looks like a ‘cape’ behind her, and splits into two parts, leaving her with difficulties with her confidence, and even moving.

In an introductory preview clip for the TLC programme, she begins: ‘They won’t touch it, it’s too risky.

‘Because there are such big veins, and so much blood, they’re afraid I will die from blood loss during surgery.’

She heartbreakingly adds: ‘I thought it was hopeless, there is nobody who can help me.’

A woman with a 20lbs tumour on her back is sharing her heartbreaking story (Picture: TLC)

She has yet to find a doctor able to help, as the risk of blood loss is so high (Picture: TLC)

Not only is she left unbalanced, but often in pain as the tumour moves around.

She now carries it in a sling, but that doesn’t stop it swinging in opposite directions to her.

‘It helps with the weight, but not with the balance,’ she explains.

‘It swings and moves every time I move, like with every step, every step that I do, it moves too.’

She goes on to show how without the sling, the fibroma would hit surfaces as she moves, and can cause it to bleed.

‘The tumour usually moves in another direction than other parts of my body and that makes me fall down or lose my balance,’ she says.

Alexandra has to carry her tumour in a sling (Picture: TLC)

The skin can tear if it gets hit (Picture: TLC)

At one point during filming, she explains why she has to have it covered up in a bandage, because part of the tumour’s skin split, and if she didn’t use antiseptic, would have already been infected.

‘I can’t use a band-aid, because everything that sticks would tear the skin apart, and the skin here is very thin and soft,’ Alexandra says.

Her tumour has been growing for more than a decade, and started when she was a teenager, as just the size of a hazelnut.

Now, she says, it’s bigger than a watermelon.

Alexandra’s mother goes on to reveal how much pain she can sometimes be in, and even has trouble standing.

She can’t even wear clothes like a normal person, having to put them on ‘backwards’, to go around and over the tumour.

‘It’s very hard for me and makes me feel shy,’ she says, revealing her wish is to wear more dresses in summer and not feel like she has to cover her body.

She adds: ‘I would like to travel more, but it’s very uncomfortable to sit in a seat for a long time, the plane rides are not very nice.

‘I’m an adult now, but I still don’t have my own life because of the tumour. I don’t have my own house, or a job.’

However, there is hope for Alexandra, in the form of surgeon Dr Osborne.

He says: ‘We see some pretty dramatic cases of neurofibromatosis but this is almost like a cape.

Her tumour has grown from the size of a hazelnut toa watermelon (Picture: TLC)

Alexandra has suffered for more than a decade (Picture: TLC)

‘I’ve never seen it grow in this manner. The morphology is very unusual.’

He’s shocked to find that each part of the tumour weighs between seven and ten pounds.

Viewers have been left equally as stunned, and heartbroken, for Alexandra.

‘Man, that poor lady! I hope he is able to help her!’ @quirky_curly_meg.

@luvislovely added: ‘Poor thing I pray they’re able to help her.’

‘I feel so badly for this woman!’ @misshelen37 said.

Take My Tumour airs Wednesdays on TLC in America.

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